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The Other Twin

Published Date: 23rd January 2017

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Description

When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years.
Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana?
Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her?
Taking the reader on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its well-heeled families, The Other Twin is startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social-media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade, and where there is no such thing as truth …

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‘Wow, what an intelligent twisty-turny read! It slowly built to boiling point, with more than a few very clever reveals – the kind that make you read back again. This truly is a cracking debut, and I can hardly believe it is Ms Hay’s first. I see a long career.’ Louise Beech

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‘I am not often short of words to sum up a book, but I think I cannot do this debut by LV Hay enough justice. As the story dips and weaves its web, the reader is caught in the middle, not sure of who is the person orchestrating the stream of lies that is blocking the way for poppy. Lucy Hay is like a magician and their use of illusion and sleight of hand, she has you looking in one direction when something comes from another direction and slaps you in the face. A mind blowing debut thriller that I cannot recommend highly enough.

Atticus Finch

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‘Uncovering the truth propels her into a world of deception. An unsettling whirlwind of a novel with a startlingly dark core. 5 Stars’ The Other Twin is recommended in The Sun.

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‘Intense, pacy, psychological debut. The author’s background in scriptwriting shines through.’ Mari Hannah

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After her twin sister falls to her death, Poppy returns to Brighton to learn the truth. She quickly has a number of suspects and starts to unearth some deeply buried secrets. The Other Twin is recommended in The Sunday Express.

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Well written, engrossing and brilliantly unique, this is a fab debut. The Other Twin is recommended in Heat Magazine

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With twists and turns in every corner, prepare to be surprised by this psychological mystery. The Other Twin was selected as a MUST READ in Closer Magazine

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‘Lucy V Hay’s fiction debut is a twisted and chilling tale that takes place on the streets of Brighton … Like Peter James before her, Hay utilises the Brighton setting to create a claustrophobic and complex read that will have you questioning and guessing from start to finish. The Other Twin is a killer crime-thriller that you won’t be able to put down.’ The Other Twin is recommended as one of 10 new books to read in Culture Fly

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‘From the cover to the title to the set-up to the ending, L V Hay’s The Other Twin will wrong-foot you in ALL the best ways’ Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies

Author

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin(2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama ScreenplaysShe lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.

Online Reviews

‘This book, these characters, and this story will stay with me forever.  I am gobsmacked.  Totally. Utterly. Gobsmacked … It is phenomenal. It is pure and unadulterated perfection on paper … The Other Twin is one of the most amazing books you will ever read, the characters will stay with me forever. They are perfectly written, completely engaging and the whole book is just a work of such perfection, its hard to believe it’s Hay’s first novel.’ Emma The Little Bookworm

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‘I couldn’t help but become completely entranced by the prose of Hays. She does a brilliant job at weaving the storylines and building tension within the text. I became completely invested in the plot. I was also incredibly impressed with the amount of diversity that Hay brought into the text, especially in regards to the LGBTQ community; there is not nearly enough of this context represented in literature … Overall, I couldn’t get enough of this novel and I feel like fans of K.A Tucker’s He Will Be My Ruin will absolutely love The Other Twin; it really reminded me of it.  5/5 stars. Looks like another hit for Orenda.’ Clues & Reviews

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The Other Twin is filled with highly descriptive prose, an amazing sense of place and authentic dialogue. The characters are strong, believable, diverse and suitably flawed, as I would expect from a screenwriter. The multi-layered plot kept me engrossed all the way through … It was very hard to put this book down, and I devoured most of it in one sitting. The book continues at a cracking pace and could easily be transferred to the big (or small) screen. This is certainly a novel in keeping with the times, particularly in terms of subject matter.’

Off The Shelf Books

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‘Lucy V. Hay’s cleverness lies in how she immerses her story into a pool of emotions, capturing every event and painting it with feelings, leaving hints and hiding them in a blanket of lies, allowing the tension to creep closer to you with every page, until the curtain is drawn and everything comes to light, a blinding, surprising, and extraordinarily painful light … The Other Twin is a terrifying mirror reflecting a portray of our society and revealing its flaws through our own favorite tools: social media, perfect families, money, and lies, a portray through which a magnificent and emotional writing cuts and frees the truth, and truths of life.’

 Chocolate N Waffles

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‘With a maze of lies and secrets at every turn but also love and acceptance being major themes running throughout it was so easy for me to fall under this book’s spell. There are quite a few characters in The Other Twin and they are most definitely flawed but felt ever so real to me. There was emotion that caught me unaware too and even days later I have found myself thinking over everything that happened in this story. Fast paced, dark and completely gripping!’ Rae Reads

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‘Oohhh The Other Twin was such an engrossing read, if you’re ever in the mood for a book that you can binge read in a weekend, this is it. It’s pacey, intricately plotted and really well written … It’s an excellent psychological thriller from an extremely talented writer with a storyline that had me holding my breath, what more could you want?!’ Novel Gossip

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‘Outstanding. Superb. Epic. These are just some of the words that could be used to describe the psychological masterpiece titled THE OTHER TWIN by L V Hay. Compelling from the first moment, this story will drag you into its grip and refuse to let you go until the very end, where you will lie spent, emotionally exhausted. ​ THE OTHER TWIN by L V Hay is a psychological thriller that will blow your mind and you need to read it now!!!’ Books of All Kinds

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The Other Twin is a truly brilliant novel that surprises the reader at every turn. The web of suspense is woven so tightly, there are few clues to the outcome of the story that are obvious on first read, which makes this such a fulfilling and enjoyable reading experience … Hay is a magnificent writer who enchants the reader from page one and The Other Twin is definitely up there as one of my favourite books of the year so far.’ Segnalibro

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The Other Twin is a gripping, fast-paced and breathtaking book about fighting for the truth – in more ways than one. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it and looking forward to being able to pick it back up and find out what was happening. It is a fabulous debut thriller from Lucy V. Hay and I look forward to more.’ Have Books Will Read

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‘I found myself completely drawn in by the way Hay mingled the urgent suspense of a psychological thriller with the deep emotion of a domestic drama; this was a heavily character driven book but it was never slow or boring in pacing and intrigue … The Other Twin was the perfect balance I needed to capture my attention and spice my reading habits up a bit. If you enjoy family sagas filled with suspense and diversity, you’ll want to pick up this book featuring empathetic characters who are relatable and sustainable.’

The Suspense is Thrilling Me

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‘It’s one of the most compelling reads I’ve enjoyed this summer and would be a perfect holiday read whether you’re heading abroad or like me having a staycation in the UK. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of L V Hay’s writing as I feel that her balance of subtle characterisation, a compelling narrative and great writing doesn’t come along too often.’ On The Shelf Book Blog

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The Other Twin is a well-crafted novel, in some ways it’s less a psychological thriller than a whodunit … As I say, psychological thrillers and whodunnits aren’t my normal fare, and if I’m being honest, The Other Twin isn’t a book I would naturally reach for. That said it’s well written and compelling. It’s well plotted, the characters are believable and the social media aspects are quite chilling.’ Crime Novel Reader

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‘There are so many elements to The Other Twin but I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment or sense of realisation for anyone .. all I will say is get a copy today and find out for yourself you really won’t regret it! Packed full of tension, emotion, diversity it is like a breath of fresh air and it’s fair to say the complexity of this book will haunt me for quite some time. Absolutely stunning!’ Ali the Dragon Slayer

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‘This is one tense, gripping, well-paced and utterly compelling read. As it’s fairly short, you should really try to finish it in one sitting. For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what was going on. There are some fantastically well-placed curveballs that left me spinning! I absolutely love it when an author messes with my head so hard I feel like I was stuck in a revolving door for hours on end. It’s simply unbelievable when you realise this is the author’s debut fiction novel and it promises incredible things for the future. Well played, Lucy V. Hay!’ Novel Deelights

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‘I just had to keep on reading because the writing was addictive and the mystery kept me in its grip. I had a sense of unease while reading this but I had no idea where this story was going to lead. I loved how unexpected the truth turned out to be. It was staring me in the eyes and I simply didn’t recognize it, understand it, see it … This was a great debut which I am happy to recommend to all readers who enjoy the psychological thriller genre.’ The Belgian Reviewer

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‘Writing this review, those last few perfect sentences are still ringing in my ears, which is a magic only a truly brilliant book can conjure. The Other Twin is set to be seismic! From the narrative, to the characterisation, the myriad aspects of this novel conspire in creating a masterpiece! Bravo! As you fly through this novel, the complex plot slowly relinquishes it’s clues and secrets as the mystery thickens and twists, casting out its net to drag in your attention and keep it there well after the final page has turned. Superb!’ Ronnie Turner

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‘The pace is fast and short sharp chapters interspersed with online entries keeps the reader right in the middle of the action. There is a great sense of place captured here and the author has managed to bring the location to life for the reader. The Other Twin is gripping, fascinating and I can’t wait to hear more from this author in the future.’ Reflections of a Reader

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The Other Twin was a very dark and mysterious book, I found myself questioning every character as they were all keeping secrets which had been kept for many years! Similar to another book I read recently, my opinion of many characters completely flipped by the ending, I’d judged the whole Temple family and I was so wrong about every one!’ Els Book World

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The Other Twin is slick and compulsive. Lucy V Hay’s writing is fluid and to the point, sometimes frantic, and often chilling. Her characterisation is confident with a rich understanding of human nature, that can be uncomfortably real at times.”Lucy talks about her life in books as part of the blog tour.’

 Random Things Through my Letterbox

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‘The prose is written first person, in the present tense, and it’s an amazing narrator who can analyse and critique this fast-moving mystery in real time. Her sort-of-ish career as an English teacher gives her the chance to take moments away from the plot to provide occasional word definitions and these remind us that truth in language is defined by the listener and to a lesser extent the speaker/writer. The Other Twin is a really strong debut. I look forward to more by Lucy Hay.’ Café Thinking 

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‘Beautifully written and hugely layered, this storyline slowly peels back like an onion until the core of the story is revealed and the tears can finally be shed. What I really enjoyed was that the tension ramped up through the book, with many revelations, twists and turns and yet I did not quite understand until late on in the book where it had all been leading. Then it all made perfect sense. Dealing with relevant, contemporary issues and highlighting the way in which social media can be used both to reach out and to accuse and blame, Lucy Hay has created a contemporary thriller with a heart of darkness. A terrific read – go buy it now!’

 Live and Deadly

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‘For most part of this storyline, I was flabbergasted that it was the authors debut novel, as the intense level of complexity stunned me beyond belief. To be able to show such fine tuned roller coaster moments in a debut novel, really is something to be proud of …  L.V.Hay has written such an addictive and intense debut novel. ‘The Other Twin’, for me, showed that the author has such promise and dedication to the genre, which makes me extremely excited to see what the author comes up with next.’ The Writing Garnet

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‘This book ticked all my boxes – characters – complex and engaging; plot – twisted and conniving; the setting provided my need for a very real sense of place and I found myself on the streets of Brighton alongside Poppy every step of the way. If you like your psychological thrillers, dark, compelling, twisted, thought provoking and emotional with a real sense of the here and now then you are going to LOVE The Other Twin!’

Chapter in My Life

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The Other Twin is a well written, atmospheric psychological thriller.  The plot has so many twists and turns as secrets and lies are revealed turning the characters and their lives upside down.  A brilliant debut that I highly recommend to those who like and intelligent, dark thriller.’ Book Literati

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THE OTHER TWIN is engaging, addictive, and fast-paced—and it’s also a heartbreaking and emotionally compelling story. This psychological thriller will be an excellent choice for readers looking for a book that blends major entertainment value with a social conscience. In short, another winner from Orenda Books!’

 Crime By The Book

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‘It isn’t exactly like that – but there are definite resonances of Greene’s book, not least in the sinister domestic side of this story and in the way that the city itself almost becomes a character in the story – a sense of rackety amusements and unabashed pleasure seeking but perhaps with a darker side. As this story shows, secrets still abound and they can fester and cause harm. A distinctively different modern psychological thriller, and a cracking read.’ Blue Book Balloon

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‘Reading The Other Twin you would not think that this is the first full length novel that the author has written. The writing is so confident and solid, with the storyline woven so cleverly to reveal what had really happened to India, and who was actually involved. This book will appeal to many, and I am sure that it will make you think. LV Hay is an author to watch.’ If Only I Could Read Faster

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‘I have to say I was very impressed with it myself. With the author drawing you in from the very first page. Which tells one very atmospheric story that will keep you guessing until the end … Just when I thought I knew where the story was going the author throws in a twist which totally threw me off. This is one very clever well written story. That fans of psychological thrillers are going to love.’

 Chelle’s Book Reviews

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‘This book has a lot of layers, a lot going on but never does it read as if the detail over takes the story. The social media inserts are cleverly done and the writing is sharp and effective. Tension builds and the novel gets twistier the more you read. Made me a bit nervous that ending! The relationship between Poppy and India, the underlying issues and themes in the book (no spoilers as they’re part of the plot) make for a very timely, insightful novel which more than delivers.’ The Book Trail

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‘I did enjoy the way the Author brought the use of Social Media into the story and also how she delicately handled the theme of LGBT and bullying. I found that part hard but gripping to read … Brighton was a great setting for the theme of the book, and having never been there and only seen pictures of it, the Author managed to bring the town alive for me. Not my favourite book of the year but I certainlly wouldn’t discount it from your list of books to read.’ Bookalicious Travel Addict

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‘A twisty, dark and sexy debut thriller set in the winding lanes and underbelly of Brighton’ The Other Twin is a novel by author and blogger Lucy V Hay. Published by the wonderful Orenda Books, The Other Twin introduces the reader to the murkier depths of social media and the impact it can have on those involved. Swirl and Thread offer an extract from the opening chapter as part of the blog tour.’ Swirl and Thread

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The Other Twin is a whirlwind of secrets and emotional turmoil. Hay takes the reader on a ‘Behind the Keyhole’ tour of picture perfect families and a lifetime of lies. Of course even picture perfect families have dark secrets, abusive family members and closets full of skeletons. It’s an invigorating read and one with plenty of surprises lurking in the shadows.’ Cheryll MM Book Blog

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Lucy takes part in the ‘Best of Crime’ series looking her top picks in the crime genre as well as writing tips and other favourites. Off The Shelf Books

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‘The writing – the pace, the characterisation, the vivid sense of place, the dialogue – was superb, and I’ll certainly look forward to reading the author again. The book’s construction is so very clever. The book is fresh, wholly original, and very current, with characters who are stunning in their complexity. The narrative is sometimes raw and uncomfortable – but that works well too.’ Being Anne

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‘The novel certainly packs a real punch. The characters are well formed and whilst not always likeable they certainly get under your skin so that you can’t help but become involved in the story in a visceral sort of way. The story is dark and moody, rather like the description of Brighton which I always imagined as being a cheery sort of place. Not so with The Other Twin which introduces us to a whole different side of  Brighton life. The Other Twin is an interesting and clever novel which is well put together and which has an eerily realistic edge to it.’ Jaffa Reads Too

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The Other Twin is very current and very relevant to the social media age with blogs and Facebook playing their parts. Short chapters kept me racing through, thinking that I would read just another one and then another one and so on. I very much enjoyed this dark and unsettling psychological thriller. For a debut it’s so accomplished and I just know that Hay is going to write some more brilliant thrillers in the future.’

Short Books and Scribes

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Lucy was interviewed on Peter James TV in a ‘meet the masters’ session. Peter James TV

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‘I’ve always loved Lucy’s no-nonsense approach to her work and her writing, so with her new psychological crime thriller, The Other Twin, out now and published by Orenda Books, I invited Lucy over for a chat about her writing background, and what readers can expect from her new novel.’ Lucy was interviewed on the Rachel Amphlett blog. Rachel Amphlett

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‘Lucy V Hay works wonders at leading the reader down a dark, gritty and heart thumping road.  It’s incredible that this is Lucy’s debut novel, it has a mature and extremely well-written style and is creatively clever. Orenda has a knack for finding top notch writers with the ability to take us on haunting, terrifying and bare knuckle adventures and with The Other Twin and Lucy V Hay they have done it again.’

 Love Books Group

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‘This is a competently put together thriller but I struggled to engage with the plot progression or to empathise with Poppy’s singular mission. Clues are dropped in plain site and not pursued with the determination she grants nebulous suspicions. Her mother is struggling yet Poppy appears largely unsupportive, concentrating on what happened to the sister she had not been in touch with for many years.’ Never Imitate

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The Other Twin proved to be rather unsettling at times, and some of the themes covered were utterly heartbreaking, but it was an engrossing and addictive read with a distinctive style that should appeal to a younger audience especially. A thought provoking and perceptive psychological thriller for the social media age.’ My Chestnut Tree Reading

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‘This is a many layered puzzle of a book. There are so many strands it really takes concentration to follow what is going on here and who all the different characters are. The many different strands are tied up neatly at the end and all possible questions are answered.’ Sal’s World of Books

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The Other Twin is a very well written story that really drags you in by the scruff of the neck, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out how this very complex story would unfold and with lots of ups and downs, twists and turns I found myself not trusting anyone that Poppy came across … The Other Twin is like nothing I’ve ever read before and I will be highly recommending this cracking debut. I’m quite excited to see what the author has up her sleeve next.’ It’s All About The Books

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THE OTHER TWIN is a new novel from Lucy V Hay, who shows off her writing skills to great effect in creating a dark, tense and atmospheric thriller. The story of Poppy’s grief- and guilt-driven hunt for the truth of her sister’s death is an intensely gripping ride … THE OTHER TWIN is a brilliant and unique psychological thriller that’s well worth picking up!’ The Crime Review

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The Other Twin is a very complex and confidently written debut and the subject nature of the story certainly gives it an edgy and relevant feel … Whilst I found the first part of the story to have a slower pace, it does pick up and becomes an intriguing and twisted read that surprises with each new revelation.’

 My Reading Corner

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‘This is a dark, disturbing and twisty suspense thriller, which also explores real and current issues in our society in a very honest, intelligent way. It grabbed me from the opening chapter and I’m not sure that it’s really let me go even now, days after I finished reading it. It’s hard to believe that this is a debut because it’s such an accomplished novel. I highly recommend The Other Twin! Already I can’t wait to see what Lucy V Hay writes next – I know I’ll be first in line to buy it though!’ Rather Too Fond of Books

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‘Overall, there are themes where I think the author has taken huge risks. Yet it’s modern, edgy and unique. I can see the huge appeal to the younger generation of readers and those who long to see a wide-ranging demographic in the characterisation. I congratulate the author on being daring to take those risks with her debut novel. She has created a methodically, fresh and inclusive mystery!’ Anne Bonny Book Reviews

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‘This is more than simply a story about the effects of prejudice and suicide. There is a dark and twisted mystery at the heart, one which runs through it from first page to last. It is also a story of family, of separation and of loss. But most of all, it is an exploration of the devastating impact that lies, anger, control and deception can have on a family. The ending is poignant and moving, the sense of acceptance and overall of freedom which emanates from the page a truly beautiful thing.’ Jen Meds Book Reviews

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‘This is a brilliantly crafted thriller that takes the reader on a journey in and around Brighton and tackles many current themes. The Other Twin is packed with tension with some uneasy moments. A complex and addictive storyline mixed with the fresh writing talent from a new name that I am looking forward to hearing more in the future.’ The Last Word Book Review

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‘Wow!  This book is superb, it’s so brilliantly extraordinary!  I thought I’d take a quick look when it dropped on my kindle…an hour or so later and 30% in, I simply couldn’t put it down and HAD to finish it.  There are so many good books out there but it’s rare that you get a book in your hands that refuses to let you take a break for food, drink or sleep but The Other Twin does just that.  I don’t honestly think any review I write could do it justice, but I’ll give it a whirl … The Other Twin is a book that not only doesn’t sit in one particular genre, it takes a hammer and smashes down the barriers between genres.  With a mouthwateringly high standard firmly set, I am chomping at the bit to see what L V Hay writes next.’ The Book Magnet

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The Other Twin was a book that took my breath away. Divided into three parts, the final part had me holding my breath and I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. I lost count of the times I thought I knew what happened only to be proven wrong a few pages later. A fascinating read.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘The book merges form and content so seamlessly: that narrative style, first one thing and then something different, those plot twists, which direct you first one way and then another, they work perfectly in a book which is, at its heart, about the fluidity of identity, about people who are ultimately more than their biology or genetics or race or the gender they were born into. This is a remarkable debut from an author with a fresh, intriguing voice and a rare mastery of the art of storytelling.’

Joel Hames Author

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‘The novel has a good pace and an interesting ending. The author has a creative, confident and sound writing style. Brighton is certainly a good backdrop, with colour, references to the LGBTQ community which has a strong in the town…mention of the Lanes, the beach… and the darkness of the Winter months, appropriate to this rather bleak storyline.’ Trip Fiction

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‘This is an astonishing story, not only for how the characters are written but how this difficult story is told with a delicacy and sweetness that you seem to be transported to Poppy and India’s lives without your knowledge. … With fragments of the past, some cryptic messages and an untold presence that will be in all the book, this book has kept me glued till the last page. I will not make any spoilers of the story, I just can say, read it, it is worth it!’ Varietats

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‘This book was rich with some superb characters.  The main character- Poppy, returns to her home town after learning her sister killed herself.  Poppy is carefree with a reckless twist, clever and more than determined to find out the truths that others are refusing to see. … The twists were riveting and really added suspense to this book.  Would I recommend it? HELL YEAH, I would! If you are looking for an emotive, sexy, sinister, dark and twisted read….you’ll find it in The Other Twin.’ Crime Book Junkie

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‘This isn’t the usual formulaic crime fiction read, with a detective team trying to solve a suspected crime – it is one very determined sister uncovering secrets and lies during her one-woman investigation but has she now put herself in danger? I was very quickly drawn into this story, all the more so because I’m familiar with Brighton and visited often when family lived on the West Sussex coast. An author to watch out for and I’ll look forward to reading more books written by Lucy V Hay.’

Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘In The Other Twin, Lucy V Hay entwines character with modern issues without making the narrative contrived or cliched. The result is a beautifully crafted book which holds you on the edge of your seat at times and certainly delivers a breathless, satisfying read… a cleverly written and distinctive thriller, which is not afraid to tackle social issues held within a web of secrecy and lies.’

Books, Life and Everything

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The Other Twin is a relatively short read and I whistled through it in a couple of sittings. The writing is sharp and smart, the twists and turns nicely paced, and the characters well-drawn. Highly recommended.’ Espresso Coco

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‘While presenting multiple viewpoints, the contemporary setting disguises a good old fashioned whodunnit that peels back the layers of a suburban existence to reveal its dark, beating heart … It’s a sultry, sexy tale that tantalises as it witholds. There are implausible moments and false leads aplenty, but the enjoyment and anticipation never diminishes in this taut and fast-paced thriller.’ Claire Thinking

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‘I was expecting something a little different to my usual reads and flipping heck, I got it!  This is a psychological thriller.  But this is also so much MORE than your standard psychological thriller.  It was a breath of fresh air … Would I recommend this book?  I would.  I loved the nest of lies and deceit this story was built upon.  I really enjoyed Poppy’s determination to find the truth for her sister and the muddle of secrets she has to wade through to do so.  A great, brilliantly written, confident mystery and I can’t wait to read more from L.V. Hay.’ Damp Pebbles

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‘The story moves at a quick enough pace that we are kept involved in the developments, but not too slow that we become bored. The author has been able to write the balance perfectly. We are given time to breathe between key moments in the book and really take in what is happening … I can honestly say that THE OTHER TWIN is one of the books that I will always bring up in conversations with friends. Truly one of the best books, if not THE best book I have read so far this year!’

The P Turners Book Blog

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‘The standout element of the book for me was not so much the unravelling of the mystery of what happened to India, although this was well-plotted and satisfyingly resolved, but the character of Poppy … as Poppy delves deeper into the circumstances around her sister’s death, the family she relied on to be a refuge is revealed to be much less secure and cohesive than first appeared. Secrets and lies are everywhere and Poppy is finally forced to confront the bad decisions of the past.’ What Cathy Read Next

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‘It isn’t exactly like that – but there are definite resonances of Greene’s book, not least in the sinister domestic side of this story and in the way that the city itself almost becomes a character in the story – a sense of rackety amusements and unabashed pleasure seeking but perhaps with a darker side. It is perhaps a slightly changed city these days, a more open city and all the better for that. But as this story shows, secrets still abound and they can fester and cause harm. A distinctively different modern psychological thriller, and a cracking read.’ Blue Book Balloon

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‘Reading The Other Twin you would not think that this is the first full length novel that the author has written. The writing is so confident and solid, with the storyline woven so cleverly to reveal what had really happened to India, and who was actually involved. This book will appeal to many, and I am sure that it will make you think. LV Hay is an author to watch.’ If Only I Could Read Faster

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The Other Twin is very current and very relevant to the social media age, with blogs and Facebook playing their parts. Short chapters kept me racing through, thinking that I would read just another one and then another one and so on. I very much enjoyed this dark and unsettling psychological thriller. For a debut, it’s so accomplished and I just know that Hay is going to write some more brilliant thrillers in the future.’ Nudge Books

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‘With characters such as the wolf and ‘the one who must be obeyed’ there’s plenty of darkness and intrigue in a book set among the social media generation. With revelations and deceptions around every corner – all delivered by the characters and never forced by the plot – it’s a gripping yarn. Issues of control and identity are explored, as are LGBT issues in a Brighton setting. The flawed and sad characters show how easily lives can be ruined by lies. A strong debut, indeed. The Other Twin is Crime Thriller Hound’s Book of the Week.Crime Thriller Hound

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‘I knew I wanted to write a crime novel with an LGBT theme from the offset in my debut, The Other Twin, so setting it in Brighton was a no-brainer! This diverse UK city has long been known as a place where love is love, plus you can find your tribe and be yourself … Which makes it even more heart-breaking that certain characters in my novel cannot, thanks to the dark influence and manipulation of others. Lucy talks about why she wrote The Other Twin and why she set it in Brighton.’ The Book Trail

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THE OTHER TWIN is a psychological thriller with heart that deals with some rather heavy social issues. Hay does a great job by diving into possibly the biggest mystery within this novel right off the bat. And in a truly brilliant fashion, the comparison of a brutal hangover ties in fanatically with the plot to this novel as our protagonist learns of her sisters untimely death which is ruled a suicide … each blog post was so poetic and filled with mystery, but as you approach the final pages, those lines of poetry really start to make sense. While the ending to this one was abrupt and in your face, it was nice to see Hay choose the ending and how she wrapped everything up. Saying no more, I think this is one every psychological thriller should try.’ Gare’s Reads and Reviews

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The Other Twin has it all; sex, secrets and social media all set in a claustrophobic version of Brighton that oozes intrigue and suspense. L V Hay takes us on the journey confidently and eloquently, particularly at the novel careers perilously towards its climax – not one to forget. Despite a couple of slightly hackneyed descriptions; late night burger joints at Victoria and some of the characters on the gay scene in Brighton, this is an accomplished psychological thriller with an original and highly memorable ending.’ The Word’s Shortlist

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‘I enjoyed reading ‘The Other Twin’ as I am a sucker for a deep dark secret and the machinations people go through to keep it a secret. I found the main character appealing enough to want to go with her for the ride, and the world through which she traveled felt authentic and enticing. It also had a touch of glamour which one doesn’t often see in British set thrillers, which was a nice contrast to the darker side of the writing – I kept getting flashes of sequins and marble floors, bright lights and designer labels, like a brittle shell over murky waters.’ Retreat West

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THE OTHER TWIN is a psychological thriller with heart that deals with some rather heavy social issues. Hay does a great job by diving into possibly the biggest mystery within this novel right off the bat. And in a truly brilliant fashion, the comparison of a brutal hangover ties in fanatically with the plot to this novel as our protagonist learns of her sisters untimely death which is ruled a suicide.’ Gare’s Reads & Reviews

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